UPDATED 2:40 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The Sioux Falls School District says an unauthorized man reportedly on school grounds has been located.

The district sent that update to parents and guardians just less than two hours after first alerting families to the incident.

The SFSD says that police are handling the matter, and there is no known concern at this time.

Anthony Vincent Lewis

SFPD Public Information Officer Sam Clemens announced via email that 54-year-old Anthony Vincent Lewis of Springfield, S.D. was arrested for enticing a child under 14, kidnapping, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Clemens says the incident began on Friday morning at a school in the 1600 block N Wayland Ave (Laura B. Anderson Elementary) around 7:20 a.m. when Lewis was found on school grounds trying to get a child to go with him. A staff member noticed, and confronted Lewis, who then left the property.

Police were alerted, but were unable to find Lewis.

Later, on Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., police say the man approached children outside a school in the 2000 block of S. 4th Ave. (St. Mary). He was again confronted by staff and left the property.

School resource officers investigating the incidents determined the same person was involved in both incidents, and Lewis was found and arrested at 1:20 p.m. on August 29 near 11th St. and 1st Ave. without incident.


The Sioux Falls School District is prioritizing students’ safety following an incident at a school.

In an email sent to parents and guardians, the Sioux Falls School District (SFSD) stated that they are working with police after an unauthorized man was reported talking to a child on school property.

According to the email, staff intervened and the man, who was also reportedly seen at a private school several miles away, left the property.

The SFSD says the man is known to police, who are attempting to locate him.

“The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority,” the email read. “Please ensure your child has a safe route to school.  Students should always walk with others and avoid talking with strangers.”

In addition to this, the district says children should be reminded of “See Something, Say Something” if they are approached or feel uncomfortable.

A video entailing the district’s safety and security plan can be viewed here.

KELOLAND News has reached out to both the SFSD and the SFPD for more information on this situation.